Monday, May 01, 2006

Musicals, Circus Freaks and Another Place to See on the Roadtrip?

Tony Quinonez as Tom Cruise , photo copyright 2004 Les Freres Corbusier, Ltd.

My post-musical-theater-work surfing has me finding a strange assortment of musicals. I would go see A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant if it were to show in town! Les Freres Corbusier produced this children's show to some pretty great reviews and the soundtrack will certainly be appearing on my christmas list. A trip to the label that is selling the cast recording also offers a discounted bundle of "A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant" and with the musical Debbie Does Dallas.

Please, please, please, someone in Atlanta do these shows. And hire me to do... something.

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Previous web surfing had me checking out some strangeness in the form of circus freaks. Ironic Sans posted an article titled Freaks stay at Marriott? which provided a link to the Johnny Ecks Musuem. Dedicated to the man, who when not being a circus attraction, drove around Phili in a specialized car, photographed friends and his loving family, and maintained a small fleet of rideable scale trains.

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Also recently found, the American Dime Museum. Based in Baltimore, this museum is the last remaining of its kind; a celebration of people's desire to see the odd and freakish in a place where the items may not be all that they seem. Many of the exhibits in old dime museums were just fabricated oddities to attract people that would otherwise not put down the 10 cent admission. Based on differing reports, due to funding issues it may or may not be open.

I don't know if this will be a place visited on the summer roadtrip, but it's another reason besides John Waters that makes us want to go to Baltimore.

Also see: American Dime Museum - a photoset on Flickr

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